Handymen for All Tips – Kitchen Update
As a homeowner you have lots to take care of in your living space, whether you reside in a large family home or a one-bedroom condominium, materials deteriorate, parts wear out, and just normal usage can make a space look dingy after a while. This is very true of kitchens.
Short of a major addition to your home, kitchen remodeling is one of the most expensive home improvement projects. And a very costly part of this project is replacing or re-facing the cabinets—so what’s the solution? Well, even an antiquated looking kitchen can be modernized if the cabinets are given new hardware, a real good cleaning, a fresh finish and perhaps some creative accents.
In this article I’ll tell you how to properly clean your wooden cabinets and add a new finish.
Step One: After removing the doors from the cabinets and removing the hardware, you should clean the dirty doors, drawer faces and cabinets by lightly rubbing them with mineral spirits and No. 0000 steel wool, or a synthetic steel wool (you must work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes). If you rub too much you will create lightened areas, so be careful doing this. If you have resistant black stains left on the wood by hardware, apply oxalic acid with a cotton swab and carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions. Rinse off the acid as soon as the stain disappears. If you happen to lighten an area too much, apply a matching gel stain to the spot and let it dry before proceeding.
Step Two: Apply two coats of shellac to the door face. Use a wax-free type, or make sure your final topcoat is compatible with regular shellac. Use a tack cloth to clean the doors before the first and every other coat. The shellac will act as your primer because it bonds to any finish on your old doors. Clean the brushes with denatured alcohol. After the shellac fully dries, apply two coats of water-based polyurethane. Ensure you sand lightly between coats.[Disclaimer: These techniques will not work on all cabinet types. Consult with a qualified professional before starting any job.]
Handymen for All Can Do It for You
If you like the idea of remodeling or updating your kitchen but lack the time or know-how to do the work yourself, Handymen for All can take on all the improvements, along with the finer finishing touches for your kitchen.
We are your very reliable and fully licensed one-stop professionals for all your home and business repair and remodeling needs. Contact us today to schedule a handyman for your smaller jobs by calling 727-489-5900 or you can book an appointment with our estimator for your larger needs.
Julie Daniels, President
Handymen for All